ETOM conference highlights gaming, OER, badging, accessibility and more!


cw_v-xnxcaau9dcJustin Melick and Eric Kunnen from eLearning had the opportunity to attend the ETOM conference in Flint on Friday. This conference was held at Mott Community College and brought together over 100 educators from community colleges and universities across the state of Michigan.

There were 6 faculty and staff from GVSU that attended the conference.  Thank you to the FTLC for supporting the attendance of 4 faculty through a grant opportunity.  Julia VanderMolen, assistant professor in Allied Health presented a session on captioning.

Here are are few highlights from the conference, captured and posted on Eric’s EdTech Blog:

ETOM 2016 – Innovations in Distance Learning and #EdTech


Call for Presentations NOW OPEN

Deadline: September 16, 2016

Last year, the Fall Educational Technology Organization of Michigan Conference was held at Grand Valley State University.  This year, the event will be held at Mott Community College.

Faculty and staff from GVSU are invited to submit a presentation and also attend the conference!

ETOM 2016 Fall Conference
Innovations in distance learning and educational technology.

November 11, 2016
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Mott Community College, Flint, MI

Are you or someone you know at your college or university doing something special to increase online student success? Is your college or university leveraging instructional technologies to improve student engagement and retention?  If so, encourage them to share their ideas by doing a presentation at ETOM’s Fall Conference. We are currently accepting proposals for breakout sessions; please see the Call for Proposal listed below.

This year, Barry Fishman (University of Michigan) will open our conference with a keynote entitled “School is a Game… But is it a good game?”.  Please encourage your faculty and/or staff to share their great work and submit a proposal.

Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessibility
  • Authentic learning
  • Breaking the Norm with Technology
  • BYOD in the Classroom
  • Competency-based learning
  • Data-Driven Learning & Assessment
  • Games & Gamification
  • Learning Analytics
  • OERs (Open Education Resources)
  • Student success in online learning
  • Students as Creators
  • 3D Printing

Submission Details

Proposals should be submitted online at under Conference Information and must be received no later than September 16, 2016 to be considered. Direct link to PROPOSAL FORM

The ETOM Board will review all proposals, and presenters will be notified by the end of September, 2016.  All presenters will be required to register and pay the conference registration fee. The Program Committee may recommend that several similar sessions be combined into one presentation.